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we are glad you are getting your day going with us here. this is what we have going this hour. is he going too far or not far enough? suzanne malveaux at the white house where the president wants a spending freeze. can the afghans take the lead in this war? the u.s. is training the troops, and hopefully putting the future in their hands. studying the sex habits of college women on your dime? oh, dear. our poor t. j. homes had no idea that desk would be so interesting this morning. i don't think he can hear me. closing the government's checkbook. cnn learned president obama wants to put the breaks on spending. suzanne, what kind of spending are we talking about? >> reporter: a giant screeching sound is quite accurate.
we are talking about discretionairy spending over a three year period. it doesn't include homeland security medicare, and it's a very controversial proposal, as you can imagine. it doesn't deal with the big entitlement programs like medicare or medicaid, those types of things, but there are all kinds of folks saying this is not a good idea. republicans, democrats, and even some economists. we heard from the former labor secretary, and he said this is not a good idea and this is how he sees it. >> the government, under the circumstances that we face is the purchaser under the last resort. businesses are not investing very much. they don't want to invest if there are not consumers out there, so the government is
going to spend. this is something people have difficulty understanding. >> reporter: he is saying in the short term the government should be spending money and not freezing the money. republicans, there are some republicans that weighed in and said the spending freeze does not deal with the major programs, social security and medicaid, those types of things, and the democrats are saying we are worried about our programs, health care or education, and we don't want to see the cuts. this moves this closer to appealing to the more fiscally appealing democrats. the bottom line here is that the president and the administration acknowledged they need to do that, they need to move closer over to the middle ground if he is going to get anything done legislative legislatively. the president said himself in part that is why health care reform failed in the form that
it did. he said this to diane sawyer yesterday. >> we have a very difficult set of circumstances, and after a while we started to worry more about getting the policy right than getting the process right. >> reporter: they need bipartisan support and that's what he will focus on, and he will focus on the middle class in some sort of middle ground when it comes to what republicans and democrats are looking for for the american people. >> suzanne, thank you so much. and the first state of the union speech coming up tomorrow night, 9:00 p.m. eastern. we will start early. our coverage starts at 8:00 p.m. eastern, and stick around afterwards and we'll have all the analysis. let's talk about afghanistan. berlin is spending more soldiers there and the u.s. committed 30,000. the commission is specific.
teach afghans how to fight for themselves. >> reporter: u.s. and afghan troops storming a building, working together not in battle, but in training. this is where the first part of president barack obama's troop surge begins, training the afghan national army. a major challenge after years of lost time and resources as the u.s. focused on iraq. >> we by far under resourced this mission for years, okay? afghanistan was an economy of force mission, versus iraq, where we had a large surge, and we did not have enough boots on the ground to change the dynamics here. >> reporter: that will soon change. by the end of january, they hope to have 850 u.s. trainers in 16 different locations throughout the country, including here at the kabul military training center where they are teaching
afghans hand to hand combat and how to monitor check points and how to handle a rifle among other necessary skills. >> reporter: there is one trainee for every 200 soldiers. the goal is to decrease that to 1 in every 40. the afghans have various reasons to sign up, usually starting with financial. to boost recruitment, salaries have been raised. that's not the only reason people are joining. we are serving our country and defending our nation, aub dull says, and we get a small salary, that's why we do it, we can serve our country and serve our parents by sending our salaries to our families. he left his wife, parents and 2-year-old son in the north. he admits will not be a
life-long soldier, but for now will serve in hopes that his son can live in a safer afghanistan. >> quickly before the follow-up question, there has been a bombing there in kabul, and we are sensitive about the bombings after losing some of the cia agents. >> yeah, it's a place called camp phoenix. the good news is there have not been any deaths. we are hearing there have been injures. we are still waiting to hear more details. it was a car bomb in front of the base. it has been targeted in the past. and it's an area that has been continuously targeted. in the end, these attackers tend to kill more afghans their than intended targets. >> we will follow-up. back to the afghan troops.
the new strategy calls for 134,000 of them ready by october. where do we stand now? >> reporter: right now we stand at 102,000 afghan national army soldiers. when i went to the facility just aired on the story, they were teaching the soldiers how to fight. i have to say a few weeks ago i went out with army recruiters, and it seemed to be more about quantity than quality, because they want to reach the number by october of this year. when i spoke to the afghan trainers, they said they are not making it quantity over quality, they want the soldiers to be ready because they want the american soldiers to leave it to the afghan soldiers themselves, but they say they have a long way to go. >> yeah, we want our troops coming home and to be ready as well. thank you so much. how is the economic stimulus bill working out for you?
everything hunky doory now? well, a poll says nearly half say it stabilized the tanking economy. some say it had no affect and some say it made things worse. as far as personal benefits go, most americans are not seeing them. 1 in 4 says it stabilized their own financial situation, but nearly half say it's done nothing. 20% of those polled said it made their personal financial situation worse. the government stimulus program, it's your money. you should know how it's spend, don't you think. we are looking at where the $158 billion in stimulus funds have gone or are going. our team is looking at projects that stimulate the economy and those that might have you saying
why don't they flush the money down the toilet instead. t. j. holmes working the stimulus desk. you are looking at a bridge for microsoft? >> yes, let me explain though. >> we are talking about the same microsoft that turned bill gates into the a millionaire? >> yes. but let's explain. we have another bridge, a bridge to microsoft. it goes somewhere this time. we are talking about at the main campus, out in washington, of course, in redman. they have two main campuses there, and there is a bridge to connect the two campuses. it goes over a highway. other people will be able to use this bridge, if you will, but for the most part it's meant to benefit microsoft and their employees. it costs, of course, millions and millions to fix this thing.
the city of redman pitched in money and microsoft pitched in money ease well, and now, you and me are pitching in money as well. i will walk over, and we will take a trip over here to the stimulus desk. i need to ask inez fauray, i was trying to break it down and i was confused about the jobs created. they say 1,200, but it's not that simple. >> no, it's not. i was on the phone with the person that managed the construction office in redman, and they report how many people -- >> hold on. talk into this microphone. >> all right. every month they report how many people worked on that project. so for example, in august, 245 people worked on the project. in september, they had 151
people working on it. some of the people are the same, and some people are not the same. that does not mean that everybody is continuously working on it. they tally up all the months. so their tally is 1,200, and that includes consults and staff. >> one person could be counted the same, month after month after month? >> yeah, the numbers vary as far as how many people are working on the project each other. and every month they report how many people worked on this project. >> and how much of our money went to work on this bridge? >> $4,400,000 went to this.
$4.5. >> i will go back over to the board and i will wrap it up. when you hear it, like you said initially, this is the same company that made bill gates the richest man in the world, yes, that's the one we are talking about, they are getting stimulus money, the city in particular, and yes, you would think microsoft could pull that money out of their pocket, and this number is the tally, the amount of money we are actively investigating. you add to it what we have there with the microsoft, and the number jumps a bit. we are trying tods that all week. initially you have reactions when you hear, the money is going towards you what and how many jobs? but then you break it down, and the money is going to the city of redman, and we leave it to
the taxpayer to decide, but we want to look at numbers. here is a look at our continuing coverage from the stimulus project. tomorrow on "american morning," $5.5 million to fix up appear resort. one woman is grateful the government is spending your money. and tonight, campbell brown has an exclusive interview with the watchdog that obama picked to oversee the stimulus plan. and then "ac 360" has a piece about spending the stimulus on road signs. two weeks since the quake, and there are still desperate shortages in haiti. food is not the biggest need anymore. i am jacqui jaris, and we
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you see the ethiopian airliner up there in the right. you see the explosion there. the ap ignored a path. there are 90 people onboard. so far nobody has been found alive. haiti's president said he will live in a tent. the quake damaged his palace and house. he is trying to highlight the desperate need for tents in haiti. a lot of people are questioning where has there president been? haiti wants $3 billion to rebuild. more than $1 billion has already been pledged. 59 americans died in the quake, but there are still 4800 unaccounted for.
winter weather taking a deadly turn. look at this from dallas county, iowa. can you barely see anything. this is what you call whiteout blizzard conditions. the des moines newspaper is reporting on this now. flood watches in the northeast, and the storm system, a mennious for the west coast. >> doesn't make me miss iowa, although i do most days. >> that's your state there. >> i am not from there, but i lived there for long time. >> yeah, i did. when you look at the radar, it looks like it's better, but not so much actually. we are just below blizzard criteria. blizzard warnings in the upper midwest expired this morning. sustained winds in the tens and 20s, and we are getting gusts between 20 and 30. you have to have freak gusts for three hours or more to be a blizzard. so we are just shy of that,
unfortunately, but that means we will get the snow blowing over the roadways. and i-80 and i-35 and i-29 across parts of iowa, be caution. don't do it today if you don't have to. look at some of the pictures we have. a crash along i-35 yesterday. you can see a 40-car pileup. this was near the mason city area. this was north central iowa. we do have reports that at least five people were killed. i am not sure if they were in this accident, but statewide across iowa. still, some very, very difficult travel conditions across there. snowfall itself not accumulating all that much. the amounts that we are getting will be very, very light. maybe one or two inches from indianapolis towards the cincinnati area. cleveland getting a little snow maybe today as well. the winds continue to be strong, and that's why the windchill
factor is high. fargo, 25 degrees below zero. and the northeast, just starting to cool down a bit. not anything like what you are getting up in the midwest. the storm system that blew this yes is now pushing through new engla england. and then we are watching the west. we had a break here, southern california, three days in a row. but there you see that storm is arriving. we are expecting to get the rain into l.a., late today and maybe not until tonight. it could be heavy at times. coastal flooding later on. we have trash watching up on the beaches. pretty mild for the most part, and then you see the cold air moving up into the midwest. that's the only place across the country where temperatures are on the cold side. kyra? >> thank you. keep on trucking but lay off the
coat. he had a map of the military base in his room. the top two members of the failed christmas day attack. both blame a lack of communication in the intelligence community for letting the would-be bomber get to the plane in the first place. stop texting in your truck right now. it's banned today. this shows what the transportation secretary is trying to avoid. he calls it a safety step for everybody on the road. truckers and bus drivers caught texting could be fined up to $2,700. washington pulls out the strings, and you provide the cash.
all week we are showing you how your tax money is being spent in the government stimulus program. next up, a selection that may get star billing in the theater of the absurd. are you siding down? $100,000 for puppets. >> did you see a beaver here? >> behind you! >> reporter: i am here in the puppet theater where this guy and his friends were given a stimulus check for $25,000. you might be thinking my tax money for puppet shows and for the economy? the theater says that money went to preserve a vital job. it's for a person who essentially hires outside pup tears throughout the year, and brings them here and gives them
jobs. not everybody sees it that way. in fact, critics say star of the beast. >> it's utterly insane. >> reporter: this kind of stuff has nothing to do with stimulating the economy is what one man says. he says it's political favoritism and calls it washington pork. >> this is a ridiculous theater. >> reporter: this is the president of the taxpayer's league of minnesota, and runs a heating and cooling business. he says employed artists are not as in demand as people with more vital jobs. >> when it's 20 below in minnesota, having somebody repair your furnace will be more critical to you. >> but that's not the way this professor sees it. >> there is no faster way to get
money in the community than by spending it in the arts community. >> reporter: that's because she says artists tend to spend their money more. >> i call the plumber if i have the money. if i don't have the money, i can't call the plumber. >> reporter: i think it was safe to say, if you were to ask the puppe puppets, they were given a hand right where they needed it. >> here is the breakdown. the federal grant allocated $25,000 to the puppet theater. at least one job was created. we want to hear your stimulus stories. the good, bad, wasteful? call us, 1-800-cnn-tips.
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so what happens on wall street can affect financial markets around the world. stocks overseas are lower. we are expecting the same here, right, susan lisovicz? >> we are expecting stocks to be under pressure in the early going. great britain emerged from the recession at the end of last year. the gdp growth much slower than expected.
an upbeat housing report could lift sentiment. housing prices in the biggest 20 cities unexpectedly inched higher. and apple stock reported record-breaking quarterly sales because of strong iphone and mac sales. it's good to be apple. general motors, speeding into the electric car business. that means job creation. gm intends to be the first major automaker to design and manufacture electric autos. gm said they will add a couple hundred jobs to make the engine. and ford said it was adding 1,200 jobs at its chicago plan the that makes the explorer suv. we are seeing a little pressure in the early going. did you see who rang the opening
bell? these are hereios. >> it was new york task force one. these are people that arrived within hours of the devastation in haiti. among their heroics, they rescued six people alive. they got a heroes welcome on the trading floor. >> well deserved. amen. president obama has a plan to control the deficit. stop spending. but it's not that easy. what are we really talking about here in cnn learned the president will announce a freeze on discretion nary spending in tomorrow's speech. that means if you spend on one program, you have to cut another. and examples of discretionairy spending is nasa's budget and the stimulus. some of our colleagues are
tracking how the government is spending your money. t. j. holmes is our guy, breaking it all down. did i take a double take when i saw this one, where we are paying for studies for topics that may be, well, a little off beat? >> look, it's called a stimulus bill, right, kyra, so -- >> i guess it makes sense. >> so naturally it would be checked on how people are stimulating themselves some day. stay with me. description says there appears to be a increase in hookups, defined as sexual encounters between adolescent partners with no expectations of commitment. that's what some of your tax dollars are funding, a project to check on why young people hookup, essentially. this comes -- in all seriousness here, this is from the national
institute of health can hand out grants. one of the grants went to syracuse for this study. the purpose of the study is to measure the pref luns of the tookups. dr. francis collins, they were aware of our reporting and saw it and sent me an e-mail after i got off the air. we arranged it. and the director wanted to come and explain why the study is important. >> about half of the deaths in this country come about because of behavioral components because of people not controlling their sexual behaviors or alcohol use. we need to understand that better to plan interventions that will work. >> so there you go. dr. collins explaining. and this was a $219,000 study.
to think that taxpayer money is going towards a sex study, initially that might cause concerns. and there was another study that involved risky drinking. that costs a half million dollars. you think people are asking is that what my tax dollars are going for? you see the one job created. again, initially it might sound odd and what not, but he defends it that you study the stuff and learn more about it and improve public health and in the long run save this country money. is that exactly what the stimulus was intended for, when all we heard was we were going to create jobs and keep people in jobs. people can decide for themsel s themselves. >> t. j., it cost nothing to be a good parent and to sit down with your child and talk about
sex and hooking up and alcohol and etc., etc., etc. >> but for those that don't have that luxury, maybe they can be helped. i am just reporting the facts here. >> i will not hammer you. tomorrow on "american morning," $5.5 million to fix op resort town. how can that be a good use of taxpayer dollars? and then is the stimulus working for average americans? an exclusive interview with the man that president obama picked to over see the stimulus plan. and then at 10:00 eastern, "ac 360" investigates stimulus money being used on road signs. windy in the northeast on
monday. say that eight times really fast, jacqui. >> you do it. >> i defer to you. >> i will not go there. i will show you video of it. it was crazy out there. yesterday afternoon. wind gusts between 40 and 60 miles per hour. this is the funny sides of it. the serious side of it, that's where the trees, you know, get up rooted or they fall down on top of homes and people start to get injured. this was common across jersey as well as parts of pennsylvania, and even into new york. today looking a lot better across the northern eastern quarter. new england still dealing with the leftovers of the storm. it's starting to pull out, and things are drying today. less windy. temperatures are cooler. you can watch the temperatures go down throughout the week. and the blizzard dies out, and the winds are still strong. we are having visibility issues.
and dangerously cold tonight in the upper midwest. and expect that to continue to go down in the next few days. out west, we will talk about this more in the next hour. a nice couple days across southern california, drier weather, and northern california not so much, but here comes the next storm. i will tell you what you can expect when i see you again. my writer, phil riley got us laughing at the crack of 6:00 a.m. you know how excited contestants get on "the price is right." here we go. >> there is one thing that you can't get, a brand-new car! i drove my first car from my parent's home
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he died after he fell or collapsed after a violent argument with his son. >> in a courtroom, the animal research technician charged with killing a yale grad student is expected to plead not guilty. police accused clark of stan gruling le and then stuffing her body behind the ball. and then the last member of the "bonanza" boys has died. depending on your age, you knew him as either adam cartwright, or as "trapper john m.d." he was 81 years old. now, we will check in on an icon that you can go on to the website. if you go to cnn.com and go up to the top left corner and click on news polls, and it tells you the story we are paying
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two weeks ago today, haiti's misery rose to a new level when the earth below began to tr tremble. we have video that is hard to watch and hard to hear. >> this is crazy. i just got hit. this is crazy! >> just part of the chaos and confusion that gripped port-au-prince and the survivors of the earthquake two weeks ago. the injuries you cannot see. survivor stress, still living in
fear of the next tremor, and they have been there -- well, they experienced at least 50 aftershocks since the 7.5 killer. our chief medical correspondent, dr. sanjay gupta, joins us now. you probably saw this coming? >> reporter: in many ways, you see the physical injuries are going to be the most demand, at least in the first couple weeks. these emotional injuries you are eluding to, you do see them coming. i have seen natural disasters where you have significant anxiety and depression, and every time you feel an aftershock, it reopens emotional wounds as well. take a look. rumor of a big wave sends thousands running to higher ground, many of them leaving behind the only possessions they recovered after the quake. these injured survivors beg doctors to be outside because
they are too afraid to be inside. >> every time there is an aftershock, all of the sick patients run outside. nobody wants -- both staff and patients refuse to go into buildings. >> reporter: another good example of what we are talking about. they are so scared. they live like this. they live in makeshift tents because they want to be outside where they think it's safe. how scared were you? it has been around two weeks now since the earthquake. are you still scared? she says there is nobody to help, and she has nightmares of another quake. >> reporter: how many people
like you are there? how many people in port-au-prince are going through what you are going through? >> lots of people. >> reporter: it's difficult to diagnose post traumatic stress disorder only weeks after the quake, but we know the best advice to them, try and be with family, and turn to your faith if you can when it's difficult. even the churches have been destroyed. so what does work? access to the basic necessities again. clean water. food. and even what might be considered perks, pillows, blankets, and some sort of routine. no doubt all of this is tough, and it's dangerous to generalize, but there is also simple evidence that it can work. today this young boy built a kite out of a paper plate. despite the odds, he gets it
flying, bringing a smile to his face and ours for just a moment. we do have some idea of how post traumatic stress and anxiety employ out. if you look at the tsunami, for example, a year after that, people had anxiety or depression or post-traumatic stress. it's early to diagnose it now, in the weeks months and years ago, that will be a huge issue here. >> yeah, no doubt we will be talking about it for years to come. sanjay gupta, thank you so much. straight ahead, if you are driving in denver, don't be surprised if you see a nazi on the side of the road. no need to worry, he is just helping to keep colorado beautiful.
cruising down the old nazi highway. the what? well, that's what you could call one stretch of route 85 in denver. members of the colorado chapter of the national socialist party, all six of them, adopted one mile of road. i guess it's part of their community outreach program. >> we're active in this state and most of all we're doing good
things in this state. we're not a group out there selling drugs, running guns. we don't support any illegal activities of any sort. >> sure, just racism. however, the transportation department says they're giving them the benefit of the doubt and apparently suspending all belief. we don't advocate littering, but really, if you're looking for a place to dump your trash, you figure it out. open mouth, insert foot. really, jam it down there. andre bauer may need a search team to get his shoe out of there. why, you ask? bauer, south carolina's lieutenant governor, basically called poor people animals. listen. >> the problem is there's so many folks now that don't have to do a thing. in government we continue to reward bad behavior. any time we give somebody money, we're rewarding them. we're telling them to keep doing what they're doing. my mother was not a highly educated woman but she told you as a small child to quit feeding
stray animals. you know why? because they breed! you're facilitating the problem. if you give an animal or person affirm food supply, they will reproduce. especially one that don't think too much further than that. what you've got to do is curtail that type of behavior, they don't know any better. >> because they breed? are you kidding me? bauer says he stands by his message but would probably use a different metaphor now. be proud, south carolina, that this man is running for governor to replace family man mark s sanfo sanford. post your comments on my clog cnn.com/kyra and i'll read them in the next hour and we'll talk more about it with steve perry, also former cnn washington bureau chief. there's a lot of news developing this morning and cnn crews are running down all the details. let's check in with susan lisovicz at the new york stock exchange. susan.
>> reporter: kyra, we all need an occasional indulgence, even in these tough times. despite the recession, many americans do have rooms in their budget for a few select luxuries. kyra, i'll tell you what gadgets we can't live without in the next hour. >> reporter: and i'm christine romans in new york where i'm following your stimulus money from the treasury to the food companies all the way to the food banks where your stimulus dollars are actually putting pork, real pork, not government pork, on people's plates. i'll have that story at the top of the hour. i'm cnn meteorologist jacqui jeras. just because it's not technically a blizzard doesn't mean it's a picnic across parts of the midwest. your travel forecast is coming up. also ahead, back from the disaster zone. our elizabeth cohen looks at the life and death decisions that doctors faced and still face in haiti. i work for a different insurance company. my auto policy's just getting a little too expensive. with progressive, you get the "name your price" option,
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an asphalt firm, one that's been convicted of ripping off the government. >> reporter: as a money pit, the never-ending big dig project in boston is notorious. $22 billion and still counting to bury the interstate under downtown. it's been plagued by problems, leaks, cracks, mostly as a result of shoddy construction. one company was even indicted for supplying the big dig with below grade concrete that had been doctored to make it look okay. the name of that company is aggregate industries, and two years ago the state of massachusetts announced this big fraud settlement against the company. basically saying that for years ago gat was supplying defective concrete to the big dig project. concrete that was so bad it wouldn't set properly, it led to cracking, leaking and other big
defects. so which company do you think is getting your stimulus money in massachusetts? aggregate industries. we're going to go ask the highway department why. this is the highway administrator. >> if i hired a plumber and the plumber put in garbage pipes that leaked, i wouldn't put the plumber on probation. i'd never hire that plumber again. >> well, if you're asking me did we have a visceral reaction? yes, if i were the sheriff, i would have required that they not do any more public construction. >> but you're the commissioner of transportation. >> i am a public official and i have to go as far as the law will allow me to go. we punished them as far as we could. they're back. >> reporter: back with the low bid on two jobs in massachusetts' cut of the federal stimulus bill. and after paying a $50 million fine and agreeing to be overseen by a federal monitor, its plea
bargain with the government allowed aggregate to come back for more government work. aggregate hired nancy sterling to help with public relations. >> the company took it extremely seriously. it's a very different company than it was prior to the big dig. there are new managers, new owners and a whole new corporate ethics and compliance policy in place. we paid the fine and part of the reason that we agreed to settle was so that we would be able to continue to do work for the government. >> reporter: it is right there in the agreement worked out by the u.s. attorney, the massachusetts attorney general and the federal department of transportation. no cutoff from government contracts for aggregate. there was nothing the massachusetts department of transportation could do legally, a spokesperson says, to prevent the contractor from coming back to bid on new contracts. conviction or not, aggregate is back, the lowest bidder, and, therefore, the winner of some $10 million to repave some
roads. drew griffin, cnn, boston. top stories now. when it comes to protecting americans, the federal government is falling short. that's according to a commission that measured u.s. progress towards goals outlined in the 9/11 commission act of 2007. response time to biological attacks flunks. oversight of high containment laboratories passes barely. the german chancellor has committed 500 more troops to afghanistan. the new troops will work in security and trainers. and it's been two weeks since haiti's earthquake. new video exclusive to cnn shows the moments right after. >> this is crazy. i just got hit. >> the quake killed or injured tens of thousands of people and displaced many more. yesterday relief organizations
samaritans purse loaded a barge with more than 200 tons of heavy hifting equipment that will be sent to haiti to help remove the rubble and rebuild. general motors says it will become the first major car maker to design and manufacture electric motors in the u.s. gm's electric motor will roll out in a new line of hybrid vehicles in 2013. whoa nellie. of the president has a plan to rein in spending. he'll unveil it during the state of the union address. suzanne malveaux joins us live now. so have you been able to get any details? any inside scoop on who's writing, how long it's taking, kind of the situation room of the speech writing? >> reporter: we got a little inside scoop on all of that too. i want to first tell you a little about the critical part of the speech and that is, of course, the announcement that he's going to be freezing discretionary spending for three
years. it does not include, exempts some major departments, that being homeland security, defense as well as veterans affairs. doesn't include some of the non-discretionary spending as well. big entitlement programs like medicare, medicaid as well as social security. this is a very controversial proposal, kyra, because obviously you're going to be taking a look at some major cuts here. we have already heard from the former labor secretary under the clinton administration who says this is just not a good idea. take a listen. >> i don't think it makes much sense, larry, and i'll tell you why. the government under the circumstances we now face is the purchaser of last resort. consumers are not buying. they're still scared for good reason. businesses are not investing very much. they don't want to invest if there are not consumers out there so government is going to spend. this is something that a lot of people have difficulty understanding. >> reporter: kyra, republicans, some republicans are saying these freezes are not enough. democrats on the other side
saying this is too much. and what is this essentially do? why is the white house doing this? it is because it will appeal more to the right. it will attract those fiscally conservative democrats, the independents that the president is losing as well as some republicans. white house and the president they need to do that if they're going to get anything done legislatively, the president acknowledging that, that he wants that bipartisan support and that's part of the reason why health care reform had failed. this is what he told diane sawyer. >> we had to make so many decisions quickly, in a very difficult set of circumstances, that after a while we started worrying more about getting the policy right than getting the process right. >> reporter: kyra, you asked about some of those behind-the-scenes details. the president is going through by hand, handwritten notes, writing out some of the drafts of the speech. the number of drafts countless. they have lost count at this
point, but he's working with his major speech writers to sit down, some of this done on the computer. later is when he'll start practicing that speech in the theater. but this is something that goes back to november when his team first started to lay all of this out. now they're working in earnest to get all those details tinkering away at something that they consider to be something to be one of the most critical addresses to the country in his presidency. >> thanks so much. don't ask, do tell. another thick on the agenda. president obama will discuss the military's don't ask, don't tell policy during the speech. levin doesn't know what's going to be said so stay tuned. in the past the president has said he would end that policy. watch it here tomorrow night. cnn's coverage begins at 8:00 eastern, 5:00 pacific. you'll see the whole speech and analysis afterward. you think drunk drivers are a danger, then hear this. drivers who text are twice as likely to be in accidents as
drivers who were legally drunk. still don't believe texting is a distraction? check out this psa. we had toed it out the violent climax, by the way. >> hi dave. >> it's not even funny. >> just get his number. >> the federal government is cracking down on texting truck and bus drivers. starting today people who text while driving commercial vehicles may face penalties up to $2,750. poor people are just like animals. okay, south carolina's lieutenant governor didn't say it just like that, but pretty darn close. take a listen. >> but the problem is, there's so many folks now that don't have to do a thing. in government we continue to reward bad behavior. any time we give somebody money, we're rewarding them. we're telling them to keep doing
what they're doing. my grandmother was not a highly educated woman but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. you know why? because they breed! you're facilitating the problem. if you give an animal or person ample food supply, they will reproduce. especially one that don't think too much further than that. and so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. >> needless to say that didn't sit very well with a lot of people but andre bauer isn't backing down, although he admits his metaphor was a bit messy. joining me to talk about it is frank sisno and steve perry. now, frank says if i remember correctly, you covered welfare reform i believe in the '90s. so this guy didn't even get his facts straight. >> look, welfare reform was built around the idea of personal responsibility so he's on to something there and certainly tapping into that
strain. the bill that was actually signed by bill clinton who ran on ending welfare as we know it was called the personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation act, so getting in on this notion of ending dependency on government, breaking the cycle, he's on to something there, it's just that it's utterly inelegant the way he expressed itself but it will resonate with some of his voters. >> i thought when welfare reform passed in '96 that you were on it for a while but you have to get off it. >> there were work elements in it. the whole idea behind it was to break the very dependency that bauer was railing against. but there's a lot of folks out there who still believe that government programs encourage dependency, that they're still on the wrong track and as many people in the conservative community say we fought the war on poverty and poverty won. these government programs fundamentally don't work. >> steve, is this racist or just stupid? when you look at the numbers of
the people on welfare, it's mostly white people, right? >> yes, it is. i that this is comments are just inelegant, i think they're profoundly disgusting and reprehensible and an embarrassment not just to his state or his grandmother. i don't think she expected the analogy would be used to describe people attempting to come up out of poverty. when we see many of the programs that are used to support people in poverty ultimately benefit the children, so is he saying he doesn't want it to ben fi the children or private businesses who receive these through food stamps or public housing vouchers. >> so, steve, can anyone, whether it's andre bauer or anybody else in his support staff or anybody that supports him make sense of this or is this just completely indefensible? >> you can make sense of any nonsense. i work with children every day so i hear children decide to explain away the most foolish things, but in the end dumb is dumb. and this is where the voters of south carolina have to make a decision. is this the man who you want
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let's continue our discussion. cnn contributor steve perry with us and frank sesno, director of the school of media and public affairs at george washington university. all right, guys, should he get the boot? >> he certainly should get the boot in terms of the way it's being discussed in public. if this taps into the way he thinks and the way he operates, voters will have to decide. the guy is running for governor. by the way, this is in a state with an unemployment rate over
12.5%. so this may not be a smart thing to say when a lot of hard working people, never on government assistance before and your friend and neighbors are on it too and that's the lifeline. so this could be very dangerous stuff to be out there with. >> steve perry? >> student financial aid is government assistance. there are quite a number of programs that we're very proud of. in fact it appears that the lieutenant governor himself was on some form of financial assistance. so for him to then go and trash the very systems that made it possible for him to become a lieutenant governor is disgusting. i don't see how anybody in his state could find a reason to vote for a man who believes that these things -- he's not backing down because believes it. so on some level i respect the fact that he's staying with the foolishness. he's not coming up with an apology because he doesn't feel sorry. >> just remember that gaffes aren't always fatal. what did harry reid say about president obama looking at his candidacy. whafl ronald reagan say about welfare queens when he was running. so this is a proud tradition of
open mouth, insert foot in politics. >> so who's worse, mark sanford with his love in argentina cheating on his wife or is it andre bauer saying hey, you know, people on welfare, they're like wild animals. guys, what do you think? >> you can't make this stuff up. >> steve? >> i'm going to leave that to sanford's wife and i'll let the voters decide on the part of mr. bauer. >> oh, pr perry, so politically correct there on that. >> i try to stay out of grown folks' business. >> i hear you. >> i'll venture to answer that one. i'm going to say that a governor going awol for five days rates higher on the scale of just don't do this as somebody opening his mouth and shoving his foot in like this. >> yeah. he's comparing compassion to cruelty, it's just plain out wrong. >> you don't talk about people like animals, you just don't do that. >> amen. steve perry, final thought? >> there is the final thought. these are people. people are attempting to make their lives better and who we
the community have said we're going to help them because we're a humane society. to malign them because they're using the resources, the very ladder we put in place to move them forward is disgusting, it's reprehensible and fortunately each voter gets an opportunity to make their point known. >> got it. steve perry, frank sesno, great discussion. i really appreciate you both. >> thanks. we want to know what you think of the lieutenant governor's comments. post your comments on my blog and i'll read some of them throughout the hour. your money, their decisions. we're going to look at how washington is spending that stimulus money. this week our colleagues shining light on a number of projects that you just may not believe. yeah, some of the stuff is unbelievable. imagine that. back in 90 seconds. this bar is an excellent source of fiber. there's no fiber in this. it tastes too good. there is fiber. (chuckle) no. i can't taste the fiber. just chocolate. they have 35% of your daily value. hmm. oh samples. hmm.
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all right. all this week rolling out a special project here at cnn looking at how $158 billion in stem lus money is being spent. it's your money, after all. so we're talking nearly 57,000 projects. i don't know what camera i'm supposed to look at, i'm going with the flow here. >> i'll tell you what's going on. >> tell me about the projects. >> what we told you about yesterday, people questioned a million dollars going to give researchers money so they could go to argentina to study plant fossils. >> right. >> is that what the money is meant for?
a good thing about this project about the stimulus, we are getting answers to those questions and we got calls from people we did some of these about and said i'd like to defend my project. okay. >> are we going to do that now? >> peter wilf is with us, one of the lead investigators on this project we were talking about yesterday. there he is, joins us via skype. >> are we going to walk over there? >> we're going to hang right here. peter, we appreciate you coming on. he's the lead investigator of this project. sir, thank you for being here. >> thanks very much. >> i'll ask you the simple question. a lot of people know about that stimulus bill and they heard it's supposed to create jobs and get the economy going. so you explain to us how your project is going to do either one of those things. >> well, first of all, i'm no economist but i strongly feel and many reports have phone that support basic science and very diverse science is fundamental to our success. paleontology is how we learn
about the history of our climate and life on it. we're making discoveries about the southern half of our climate and how it has changed through time and the appeal of our work is fairly clear. it's been widely covered in the media actually. this is submitted not to some stimulus czar, this is submitted as a normal science proposal to the national science foundation before the stimulus existed. this is a proposal that was rated very highly for its quality and the national science foundation received a large supplement in last fiscal year to fund basic research. and the national science foundation chose to fund this project out of the stimulus alotment which was given to many different science agencies. >> so peter, let me ask you, bottom line in a sentence or two, what are we going to get for our money? what are you going to give us for our money? >> in addition to the science i want to make really clear i
reviewed the budget for this. 90% of the funds are spent in the usa. how do you think we got to argentina to collect the fossils and work with our colleagues there. we fly on u.s. air carriers. every time we buy an instrument, every time we buy chemicals, we're buying them from u.s. suppliers. furthermore we're supporting the work of excellent students and post-docs who are training them to become scientists and train other people. >> we're going to get some new smart scientists. >> peter, answer this as well. you said you didn't apply for this under stimulus funding, you applied through the normal channels before the stimulus even came about. so do you believe your project even belongs under the purview of stimulus? >> it's not for me to judge. >> what do you think, come on, peter. >> you want the money. you're not going to say you don't want the money. >> it was included as a small part of the stimulus initiative. i want to mention this is not just for me, this is for 17 investigators and their students. it's not just for penn state but many institutions. we are stimulating the economy.
we have numerous people working under this grant. the money is circulating, 90% of it, back into the u.s. economy and we also feel that exciting science is good for the u.s. economy. so, yes, i'm proud now that we are in this program i'm proud of it and i'm happy to wear the badge. >> how many or any jobs saved or created here? >> well, as i said, we're fully funding students and post-doc who say would not otherwise be funded and that includes all of their financial support, training them to become scientists in their own right. >> so any jobs saved or created? i know it's helping them, but any jobs saved or created? we see that smile on skype. >> when you pay someone to be a student or post-doc is that not a job or education? and we have a large number of contractors, part-time workers so, you know, i feel that this money is circulating back into the u.s. economy even though
some of the work is overseas. >> peter, we absolutely appreciate it. that's the whole point of this week is to get some answers and to let people defend the projects they're doing. we appreciate you coming on. >> i'm still going to join him on the trip to mendoza for the fwhien argentina. see, he's smiling. >> all right. we'll see you back over here. >> if nothing else, the stimulus has pushed the term shovel ready into our lex con. here's a look at our continuing coverage. tomorrow on "american morning" $5.5 million to fix up a resort town. are you okay with that? is it a good use of your taxes? one woman is happy to have it. tonight on campbell brown, 8:00 eastern, is the stimulus working for your average american? an exclusive interview with the man that the president assigned to oversee the stimulus plan. he's the watchdog stimulus guy. then at 10:00 eastern, ac 360 investigates why stimulus money
is being wasted on roadsides that aren't really needed but sure are pretty. the stimulus project all this week on cnn and at cnn.com/stimulus. so many children needing help in haiti right now and so many tough decisions. baby patricia was flown out to miami but so many others are left behind. get the taste of ] a home-cooked meal at work with new marie callender's home-style creations. marie callender's home-style creations -- a little touch of home for lunch. [ male announcer ] becky loves marie callender's home-style creations. but where does she find them? not in the freezer section. that's why becky uses gps. not that kind. go to the pasta or soup aisle to find marie callender's home-style creations. keep up the good work, becky.
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just came in showing the moments just after that powerful earthquake. >> this is crazy. i just got hit. >> at least 200,000 are dead and that's just an early estimate. almost the same number were injured. the u.n. says around a million people are now homeless, and that includes haiti's president. he says he'll live in a tent and is trying to highlight the desperate need for tents in haiti. meanwhile his people say where have you been all this time. $3 billion to rebuild. that's what haiti wants from the international community. representatives from the major donor nations heard the plea during a meeting in montreal. more than a billion dollars already pledged. on the spot, life and death decisions are putting doctors in very tough positions. our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, just back from covering the earthquake and she joins me for
our first debrief. first of all, really great work. that must have been quite an experience. >> it was quite an experience to be there and it was quite an experience to see these doctors, this rag-tag group of doctors, didn't plan to do this, coming down and saving lives and making extremely difficult decisions about who was going to live and who was going to have to stay behind in haiti and not live, because they did manage to get some patients out. >> we'll talk more about that too and just the resources. you did so many various live shots and reports on the doctors not getting what they need. but a very memorable story, baby patricia. >> right. let's talk about baby patricia. last time we left her, she was on her way -- i want you to look at this. the baby is down there, she has just come into the hospital and they are really not sure they're going to save her. someone said we've got a baby, we don't think she's going to make it. one of the doctors, a doctor by the name of karen schneider from johns hopkins hospital, couldn't even get an iv in her, she was so dehydrated.
so what karen did she put an iv through her bone marrow. that's a very difficult thing to do. they really wanted to save this child. that's karen there with the short-sleeve green t-shirt and the long hair. karen is also a nun so she has been on many of these missions before. so then what happened was there was this huge discussion among the doctors whether or not to bring her to miami. they said this child is not going to live here in haiti, we need to get her to miami and some of the doctors said absolutely not. she won't survive the trip in our private plane. we need to save that spot for a patient who will survive the trip and there was a big discussion. and the doctor who wanted her there basically won and got her on that plane to miami. >> so how did she get the name patricia? i'm assuming that came from somebody. and how is she now? >> well, we're told she's doing very well now. she's in intensive care in a hospital in miami. and she was an orphan. they had no idea what her name was. so the doctor who wanted so desperately to get her to that plane, he was in the ambulance
and he said to the -- ambulance, in the ambulance and said to the ambulance driver if you can get this baby to the plane on time, we will name this baby after you and the ambulance driver's name was patricia. >> i just got a lump in my throat. i didn't know that story. i don't know if you know this or not, but what's going to happen with regard to a family or do we know yet? >> who knows. i mean technically she's in the united states illegally. they shouldn't have brought her. they said we're willing to take that risk. one doctor said you can arrest me. he put his hands up, you can arrest me, i'm bringing this baby to miami. she's not a ward of the state, she's not a -- >> that doctor needs to be able to adopt that baby. before we go. what's the most powerful moment for you? what are you never going to forget. i remember you during 9/11 and how that touched you. this has been a pretty -- your second really big disaster that
you've had to dive right into. >> you forgot about katrina and virginia tech so, yeah, there have been others. >> i just remember the first time i saw you and then remember seeing you here. nts my mind. >> i think there are two things i'll never forget. one is the brooavery of these patients. there were two women with broken pelvises and all they were getting is morphine by mouth. they spent a week lying on a cot with a broken pelvis nobody could fix. they were screaming in pain but still brave. i mean they just laid there and just sort of took it. they knew they had to take it. and even the kids were brave. these patients were incredibly resilient. i think if these were american patients, oh, my goodness -- >> they'd be suing. why didn't you give me my morphine. >> exactly. so the bravery of the patients and the bravery of those doctors. they were not trained to do this. they did not come under the os mi
well, you get so many stories here from this during these two hours of our newscast, but we also go a lot to our web page, cnn.com, and there's a specific icon i want to tell you about, something we go to every morning called news pulse. if you go to cnn.com, go to the top, come over to the left and push that, you're going to get the most popular stories that you are looking at online right now. and we just refreshed it. the most popular story right now, imagine this, tiger woods. remember that story? kind of went away for a while but that's what you are talking about and looking at right now. apparently with the title new tiger bombshell, did tiger really put his wife on the phone with his mistress in an attempt to convince her that he wasn't cheating. go to cnn.com, press news pulse and you'll get that. second most popular story right now gm to make electric motors in the u.s. third most popular story, home
prices. first drop in seven months. and then of course it continues to go on but here's another one i want to read you a couple more details from. remember nancy kerrigan, remember the whole ice skating disaster, tonya harding, et cetera, et cetera. kerrigan's brother jailed in father's death. apparently the father of this american figure skating, nancy kerrigan, is dead and her brother is behind bars actually accused of assault and battery against the 70-year-old daniel kerrigan. cnn.com go to news pulse and see the most popular stories right now. if we have missed a story, at least we can tell you about it. news pulse, the page is updated every 15 minutes. i'm congested right now in this area. my nose and right around here. (announcer) want to give afrin a try? yeah.
well, this week we're digging. actually we're always digging into stories, but we're looking at how your tax dollars are being spent in the stimulus package. christine romans is here with pork spending now that even fiscal vegetarians might be able to stomach. what do you think, christine? >> reporter: this is real pork, not the smelly, d.c. pork. this is the real thing, kyra. >> the stuff in the diner? >> reporter: it comes in a can actually. we know the stimulus munnize going to obvious things like
fixing roads, saving teacher jobs, but it's also helping to put food on the plates of struggling americans. some of the big' names in the food industry got big cash contracts to stock food banks across the country, so we followed your money from the treasury straight to the plates of struggling americans. robert carlucci never thought he'd carry home his groceries in a box from a food pantry. this single father of two from rural franklin, north carolina, lost his job as a carpenter more than a year ago and now, like 18 million other unemployed americans, he struggles to make ends meet. >> i can't believe i'm here. i'm the one that's usually donating around thanksgiving time and christmas time. and now here i am, i'm needing that. and it was just surreal. >> reporter: carlucci's dinners are now paid for in part with $100 million of stimulus money, awarded by the government to food companies you've heard of, like del monty, jenny o and
tyson. to make food for overburdened food banks. but the biggest influx of cash went to little known lakeside foods, one of the wisconsin's largest companies. it received more than $21 million to make, among other things, canned pork. lakeside declined to talk to cnn so we went to their factory in plain view, minnesota, to find out how employees feel about the lucrative contract. >> it's great. it helps the company out a lot. >> i heard they received some money, but i didn't have no idea how much it was. >> reporter: it was enough, according to our government sources, to create 52 new jobs. overall the department of agriculture tells cnn the entire $100 million for food companies created 195 jobs. for kitty shalor, head of the food bank in asheville, north carolina, her priority is feeding people. >> it is not a waste of tax paper money. the economic stimulus package has helped us to provide for the
most basic needs for people who are truly in need. >> reporter: her food bank gladly took that canned pork, where demand is up 40%. so did thousands of other food banks across the country. but is this stimulus? >> this is clearly a type of welfare. it's a welfare expansion. >> reporter: robert recter, a conservative fellow at the think tank approves of using federal money for food banks, but he argues the entire stimulus bill merely expands will fair. >> it does support people who lost their jobs and that's a good thing but it's not going to put more jobs back into the economy. >> reporter: steven kyle, a professor of economics at cornell university, disagrees, saying there's also a ripple effect. >> sure it's stimulating that economy. that food is produced here in the united states. that stimulates the economy. those farmers end up with more money and they turn around and buy more equipment, hire more laborers, maybe they buy themselves a new caterpillar
tractor, who knows. >> i'm barely making it. >> reporter: as for robert carlucci, the stimulus bill may not have given him a job, but it did keep him and his daughters, samantha and allison, from going hungry. >> my kids have to eat, we all have to eat. >> reporter: and that's what this part of the stimulus was meant to do, kyra. $100 million of stimulus money for food companies that helped create 195 jobs. that's according to the department of agriculture. and i'm so pleased to be able to give you this great update from robert. he tells us he just got a new job after being out of work for 13 months. he's a carpenter. he'll be building log cabins. so hopefully that shows at least for some people after a long drought, there are starting to become some opportunities out there. >> did you say he's going to be building log cabins? >> reporter: yeah, using his carpentry skills on log cabins. >> hey, i like that. let's make a bid. let's get him to build one for us. a little weekend getaway. thanks, christine, that's great news. here's a look at our continuing coverage from the
stimulus project. tomorrow on american morning, $5.5 million to fix up a resort town? tonight on campbell brown, 8:00 eastern, is the stimulus working for average americans. an exclusive interview with the man president obama picked to oversee the stimulus plan. then 10:00 eastern, ac 360, investigating why stimulus money is being wasted on unnecessary road signs. all this week on cnn and at cnn.com/stimulus. know of stimulus money that's just being flushed down the toilet or could better be spent in your hometown? we want to hear about it. call our tip line 1-800-cnn-tips. one viewer's call already has one of our news crews out and working today, so how about that. a should have ready news story. i'm cnn meteorologist jacqui jeras. three straight days of dry weather for southern california, but a fourth not in the cards. the latest on the storm hitting the west, that's coming up in
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let me make one thing claire, jacqui jeras, you're not cold as ice. we're talking about the bad weather for the west coast. >> thank you for that because i think our viewers were a little concerned for a minute. >> where is she going with that music. >> exactly. it is bitter cold, though, definitely and icy conditions and snowy conditions all across the upper midwest. really brutal the last couple of days. we've had multiple car pileups, accidents, fatalities. you know, we're below blizzard criteria at this time. however barely and so visibility will continue to be an issue and just bitterly cold all across the upper midwest. 22 below in fargo. that doesn't feel great, neither does 10 below in minneapolis or 8 above in chicago. either way you're probably not going outside unless you have
to. we've got light snow showers across the ohio valley as well as great lakes area. not very heavy. accumulating maybe 1 to 2 inches but the wind again causing problems with visibility. it was the wind yesterday in the northeast. today that system pulling out and everybody is doing a lot better, but those colder temperatures are on the way. things have been looking a lot better out west the last couple of days, but here you can see our next storm system making its way toward the coast. take a look at a live picture out of l.a.x. at this hour. we've had three straight days, as i mentioned, and are expecting to see rain move in by late tonight. the good news is, not a terribly strong storm, so there are no flood watches. not even in the burn areas, at least not at this time. expecting maybe a quarter of an inch to an inch out of this one. the other problem we've been dealing with, kyra, has to do with the high surf and that's been bringing in some big waves and believe it or not a lot of junk and debris on the beaches. we'll talk a little more about that with tony coming up in the next hour. in connecticut this morning the animal research technician
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time now for the 30-second pitch. every week we try to get you a job. richard lost his i.t. job last may. he had the position for 12 years. he's in new york this morning. then we've got eddie turner who worked as a health care analyst until he lost his job in december, 2007. he's joining us from chicago. and lyle nasser was a financial analyst for an hmo until last february when he was laid off. he's joining us from denver. guys, thanks so much. eddie, let's start with you. tell me what the heck happened. did you see it coming? >> no, i didn't. but in december, 2007, i was working as a senior help desk analyst for general electric right here in chicago. >> and so were you prepared at all financially? did you feel the effects immediately? >> no. i was prepared. i've tried to follow good fiscal discipline and follow the rule of having six months salary, eight months salary put away.
but didn't think that the economy would last this long. >> richard, what about you? >> well, we had a five-year plan and we find of expected that something was coming on with the economy, so we're holding on own. >> were you able to have a good savings account to that point or has it been a struggle? >> well, i had a good severance package and, like i said, we put in a long-term financial plan and with frugal spending and putting some money aside, we're doing all right. >> lyle, how about you? >> well, one of the things when the economy started going down, people start losing their health care coverage. so members to the hmo were pretty much dropping off. so it sort of got to a point to where cuts would come eventually. >> so you -- were you prepared financially or was it an
immediate struggle for you? we're not always ready for this. our savings accounts aren't always ready to go. >> i was not ready for this. but i've coped. >> wow. all right, guys, let's get right to it then. eddie turner, let's start with you. look straight into the camera, you've got 30 seconds. give us your pitch. >> well, i am extremely passionate about technology and learning. and i am very interested in using my years of experience in technology support and teaching, combined with my northwestern education, to help manage an organization's technology project team or an organization that has a learning and development department, i'd love to help them power up their employee engagement through the use of technologies such as social media and the apple iphone. >> look at that. right on the money. and you're very good with time. all right, richard, take it away. >> hi.
you're looking for someone who has more than just a focus on technology. you're looking for someone who has -- >> that's okay. go for it, tell us, just speak to me like we're sitting at the dinner table. what do you have? what can you offer? >> that's okay. regroup for a second. no problem. >> okay. >> go ahead. take it again. okay. you're looking for someone who is more than just technology savvy. someone who has customer focus and international experience, a person who is a problem solver, analytical yet still has common sense. i'm that person.
i have great customer focus skills and great soft skills. i have the ability to take end-to-end ownership of a project and the determination to do whatever it takes to get the job done. >> fantastic, richard. >> thank you and -- >> oh, that's okay. you don't have to thank you. we're going to move right on to lyle nasser. >> i'm lyle nasser. i'm a results-oriented professional with demonstrated experience in budgeting, capital planning and corporate strategy. i have a bba in miss and an mpa from the cu school of public affairs. i'm looking for a position in health care, nonprofit or a political campaign. if you need someone hard-working and a self-starter, i'm your guy. >> there we go. lyle nasser, richard and also eddie turner, it ain't easy doing live tv but you guys did
great. gentlemen, keep you posted and let me know what happens, all right? >> thank you, kyra. >> you can find out more about these folks and get their e-mail addresses by visiting my blog. if you want to be part of the 30-second pitch just send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. ! arghhh... (announcer) dr. scholl's massaging gel insoles give you outrageous comfort, all-day-guaranteed. woah. it's not too far... (announcer) are you gellin'? dr. scholl's. ♪
oh, yeah, it was a gotcha back moment for a teacher on the court. students had promised the girls basketball coach that tickets to the ncaa championship, he'd get them if he hit a half court shot blind folded. here's the joke. the students were going to cheer to make him think he'd hit it. watch what happened. whoops! now the joke is on the kids because they never really had the tickets to begin with. one of the players says they'll have to come up with something really special, unless, of course, you've got tickets and want to help these kids out. speaking of special, check out the local reporter who was covering the story. >> what was supposed to be a prank on a teacher instead back fired on the students. a blindfolded half court shot that is now the talk of campus and beyond. >> okay, was that well?
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my grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. you know why? because they breed! you're facilitating the problem. if you give an animal or person ample food supply, they will reproduce, especially one that don't think too much further than that and so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. >> is your mouth agape too? so stupid. we wanted your reaction to the governor's comments. we've got about 200 e-mails. ryan lee writes lieutenant governor is spot on. his metaphor was blown out of context by the media. people on public assistance need to curb their breeding practices, white or black, animal behaving or not. ellen writes what is going on in south carolina that would cause an elected official to make this comment. this is outrageous and for these words to be spoken in the u.s. in 2010 is shameful. john writes ve